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(You can also download the pdf and submit the hard copy to the parish office)

 

IMPORTANT NEWS 

 

Musings 

Musings: Friar Clifford Augustine, OFM

Managing People

 

Part of my job, as a Franciscan priest is to manage people. While the administrative part of running a parish can be quickly learnt, managing people is almost like an on-the-job training skill set. This is due to the complex nature of people and no two persons are alike (although we tend to categorise people and put them in boxes).

 

Dealing with people is about managing expectations, assumptions, disappointments, cynicism and much, much more. These range of emotions usually surface with great speed and require equally swift adept responses done and executed “correctly”. When the response to a negative or hostile situation is not done with love, often it can lead to consequences that are regrettable. But when we manage people with love and understanding, the Gospel of Christ takes root.

 

In the past week, I have had to manage many people-situations. Actually, I prefer that to managing the accounts or the contractors. There is the indispensable rule of managing people – and that is to listen to what is being said and what is not being said. It is incredible how much we can learn if we listen. Of course, in a faith environment, it is always good to pray before any conversation, before sending out a WhatsApp message or email. These days most of the management of people’s emotions in my line of work happens via WhatsApp messages and emails. Dreadful at times because such modes of communication risk having the message and the person understood wrongly.

 

For us Christians, managing people must be done with the spirit of Christ – nonjudgmental, kind and with a matured understanding. And of course truth is important. Telling lies and concealing facts are not safe grounds to stand on. Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.

 

And managing people is realising that the human person is fundamentally good. But sometimes due to some unfortunate events in life, this goodness may lie beneath the surface and hidden. But we still need to manage people, warts and all.

 

And we do need to keep the purpose of our existence in focus.

 

I especially enjoyed reading Rohit Brijnath’s article in the Straits Times (Thursday, July 12, 2018). He wrote that it took a bunch of lost kids for humanity to briefly find itself. The drama in Thailand is a reminder of what our existence is all about. I shall quote the writer here because there is no clearer way of saying this:

 

“The world saw calm and ingenuity, resilience and faith, as everyday guys become heroes. Heroes aren’t always young and familiar. Just everyday guys you’d never glance at twice, who quietly go deep into the earth to find, and save, life. In Thailand they succeeded. And when they returned, they do not pose for photos, or search for the spotlight in a landscape teeming with media. In a self-promoting show-off planet, they were happy to be Clark Kent and it was as extraordinary as it was refreshing. In a rescue full of lessons, this was a lovely one”.

 

For the writer, it was ‘humanity at its unified best, with no walls or borders’.

 

For me, managing people is all about seeing the good in humanity. For we are created in the image of God. And that is a good thing.

 

PARISH FEAST OF THE PORTIUNCULA (31 July – 2 August)

PARISH FEAST OF THE PORTIUNCULA (31 July – 2 August)

With our parish feast around the corner, prayers and activities have been planned for the parish, in collaboration with the San Damiano Spirituality Centre.
We hope that this will be the perfect opportunity to deepen your faith in God and grow in fraternal communion with one another.

Theme: Fraternity

 

31 July 2018 | Tuesday

6.55am  Lauds (Morning prayer) and Holy Mass   
12.15nn    Holy Mass   
6.30pm    Lucernarium   
7.00pm    Holy Mass   
7.30pm    St Anthony Devotion, with reflection on “What is the Portiuncula Indulgence?”   

 

1 August 2018 | Wednesday

6.55am    Lauds (Morning prayer) and Holy Mass   
12.15nn    Holy Mass   
6.30pm    Vespers (Evening prayer)   
7.00pm    Holy Mass   
7.30pm    Penitential Service   

 

2 August 2018 | Thursday (Beginning of the 9-Day Novena to St Clare of Assisi)

6.55am    Lauds (Morning prayer) and Holy Mass   
12.15nn    Holy Mass   
6.30pm    Vespers (Evening prayer)   
7.00pm    Feast Day Mass (Includes crowning of our Lady)   
7.30pm    Communal Profession of Faith followed by fellowship   

 

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SMOTA CELEBRATES: MASS FOR THE SICK AND ELDERLY, AND THE ANNUAL FUNFAIR

Our celebrations continue, beginning with outreach to the sick and elderly. Register for the Mass with Anointing of the sick, elderly and homebound at https://tinyurl.com/Mass3Aug or visit the Pastoral Care Corner at the Piazza to find out more.

 

3 August 2018 | Friday (Second Day of Novena to St Clare of Assisi)

6.55am    Lauds (Morning prayer) and Holy Mass   
12.15nn    Holy Mass   
12.45pm    Anointing of the Sick and Elderly    
6.30pm    Vespers (Evening prayer)   
7.00pm    Mass for the Sick and Elderly (Includes Anointing of the Sick and Elderly)   

Note: Carpark Basement 2 will be closed in preparation for the funfair. Please park at the nearest HDB if carpark basement 1 is full.

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4 August 2018 | Saturday (Third Day of Novena to St Clare of Assisi)

Note: Carpark Basement 2 will be closed. Please park at nearest HDB if carpark basement 1 is full.

 

5 August 2018 | Sunday (Fourth Day of Novena to St Clare of Assisi)

8.00am - 3.00pm    Funfair

Note: Carpark Basement 2 will be closed. Please park at nearest HDB if carpark basement 1 is full.

 

6 - 10 August 2018 | Monday - Friday (Novena to St Clare of Assisi)

 

NOVENA IN PREPARATION FOR THE FEAST OF ST CLARE OF ASSISI, 2 - 10 Aug 2018

NOVENA IN PREPARATION FOR THE FEAST OF ST CLARE OF ASSISI

In preparation for the Feast of St Clare of Assisi on 11 August, we invite and encourage everyone to pray a novena together as a faith community, known as the “Prayer to St Clare”.

The prayer will be placed next to the icon of St Clare, as well as on all our social media platforms closer to the date. It will be recited at the end of every weekday Mass, beginning from 2 Aug.
We hope that you will also pray this in your homes as a family.

 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Next session: Thursday 19 July, 8pm, Rooms 3 and 4

If you know of anyone interested in the faith, invite them to attend this session.
Let us carry out our Christian duty instructed by Christ to “Go out to the world”, making Christ known in the world.
For more information, please contact Philip Lee philipjameslee@gmail.com

 

Pre-Catechumenate

Sessions on Thursdays until 26 Jul 2018
8pm, St Clare Hall

 

Enquiry Sessions

Last Thursday of the month from Aug 2018 to Dec 2018

 

Adult Confirmation 2018/2019 

We invite baptised Catholics aged 17 years and above who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation to register by filling up the Adult Confirmation form, available at this link: www.stmary.sg/adultconfirmation 

Individuals intending to get married and have yet to receive the sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to apply as well. Please email the completed form with a copy of your baptismal certificate to joan@stmary.sg or michael@stmary.sg.

Sessions are on Mondays at 8.15pm, Gubbio, and will run till January 2019. Attendance is compulsory.
Confirmation takes place on 17 February 2019.

 

Mass With Anointing For The Sick, Elderly And Homebound - Fri 3 Aug, 12.15pm and 7pm 

Register at https://tinyurl.com/Mass3Aug 

Pastoral Care Corner

 

3 August 2018 | Friday (Second Day of Novena to St Clare of Assisi)

6.55am    Lauds (Morning prayer) and Holy Mass   
12.15nn    Holy Mass   
12.45pm    Anointing of the Sick and Elderly    
6.30pm    Vespers (Evening prayer)   
7.00pm    Mass for the Sick and Elderly (Includes Anointing of the Sick and Elderly)   

Note: Carpark Basement 2 will be closed in preparation for the funfair. Please park at the nearest HDB if carpark basement 1 is full.

 

SMOTA FunFair 2018 - 5 August 

Theme: One with Christ: Church*Neighbourhood*Community

 

*Coupons @ $10/pc*

Buy coupons for yourself, your family and your friends! 
Lots of food items, clothing, accessories, arts & crafts to choose from
Plus mega children’s carnival at St Clare Hall


*EZ Link Cards*

Pre-order is still ongoing @ $15


*T-Shirts*

Still available for sale at @ $15/pair; $9/pc


*Donations & Sponsors*

Cash donation and in-kind sponsorship are also needed to cover various expenses for the 
FunFair.


Please contact the FunFair Committee at 9028 0744.

FunFair Poster

 

Church Ad Decal EZLink

 

Feast day t shirt sign

 

SMOTA God’s Talent - Auditions Open, 5 Aug 2018 

Do you have a hidden talent? Showcase your vocal or instrumental music, magic tricks, acting, etc. We are eagerly searching for youths from 7 to 15 years old.
For more information, please contact Nicholas Lee at 9818 6641.
Deadline for Registration: 15 July
Grand Finale: 5 August at the FunFair Stage

SMOTA Gods Talent 1

SMOTA Gods Talent 2

 

RCIY Cycle 2018

RCIY cycle is ongoing from 8 July to 31 July 2018. To register please download the required forms which can be found on the church website and email to acheong@stmary.sg / joan@stmary.sg. For more enquiries please call the catechetical office.

 

Registration For Children’s Liturgy Primary 1 And Bridging Sessions, 8 - 29 July 2018 

Registration for Children’s Liturgy Primary 1 2019 and Bridging Sessions 2019 begins from 8 July to 29 July 2018. 
To register please fill up the Form and attach it with a copy of the baptism and birth certificates and email to acheong@stmary.sg or joan@stmary.sg. Forms can be found on St Mary’s website.

For more information regarding the above, please contact the Catechetical office.

 

Gubbio Needs You

We are looking for parishioners who can volunteer to help in the operations of Gubbio in the following areas: Cashiers, cooks, bakers, servers.
If interested, kindly send an email to Hazel: hazel@stmary.sg. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Monday Night Growth Session, 23 July 2018 

Date:    23 July 2018   
Venue:    Gubbio   
Time:    P&W - 8.00pm   
  Talk - 8.15pm   

Topic:   

Understanding the Mass: Liturgy of the Eucharist
Understand the deeper meaning of the Rites, Signs and Symbols in the Mass

Find out the Truth. Come and join us!

 

Franciscan Pilgrimage Organised By SDSC (5 - 15 Oct)

Following the positive response from the first ever pilgrimage of SDSC, we are organising this second pilgrimage from 5 - 15 Oct this year. Join us on this pilgrimage to discover the Franciscan spirit that inspired so many for 800 years. Visit places in Assisi, Rieti, Gubbio and La Verna. This pilgrimage will also feature a Camino walk in the beautiful landscapes of Rieti over two days. Limited to 35 pax.

Register online under event registration at http://sandamiano.sg/web/index.php/contact-us/event-registration and send a copy of your passport to ryan@sandamiano.sg. 
Place is confirmed upon the receipt of $2000 deposit.

If you are opting for a twin sharing, please let Ryan know who you are sharing with in your email. 
Departure on Emirates Airline at 21.40hrs on 5 Oct and return at 14.05hrs on 15 Oct.

 Franciscan Pilgrimage 5 15Oct

 

Frontdesk Volunteers 

Requesting volunteers to help man the frontdesk. Please contact the parish at parish@stmary.sg

 

Canticle Books+Gifts - New Arrivals

These booklets have arrived at Canticle:

  • Word Among Us - June 2018
  • Magnificat - June and July 2018

 

Word Among Us June 2018  Magnificat July 2018  

 

#SMOTAprays - Parish Weekly Prayer Intentions 

As part of nurturing a spirit of communion and community here at SMOTA, the parish features the intentions of our brothers and sisters. We may pray for, and with them each week.

Prayers are offered:

  1. For those who are afflicted with cancer, insomnia, depression, disability in walking, and other illnesses, may our Lord relieve them of their anguish and restore them to health.
  2. For those who are posted overseas for work assignment and for internship, may they adapt well to their new environment and be safe.
  3. For those who are struggling in life with many problems and difficulties, financially, mentally, and psychologically may they persevere with God’s strength and wisdom and find peace.
  4. For special needs children, may they cope well in their studies with the help of understanding, patient, and compassionate teachers.
  5. For those facing strained relationships at home and at work, to overcome differences, and seek reconciliation and forgiveness.
  6. For job seekers to find employment soon, and for those awaiting for renewal of work contract to be successful.
  7. For distressed parents who are praying for the safety of their youths who have left home, and those who have left Church to be guided back to their families and to Church through the mercy of God.

 

Thanksgiving Received 

Here are some thankgiving letters received by St Clare’s Ministry. We celebrate as one body of Christ when a member of our family rejoices each time a prayer is answered. Let us never lose sight of those who are not able to rejoice, remembering that Christ loves us all and hears all our prayers.

  1. Thank you, Mother, for all that we have, for the good health of my family, and for always keeping us safe. Thank you for watching over my son who is residing alone in San Francisco.
  2. Thank You God for all our priests, religious and missionaries who work zealously in building Your Kingdom. Bless them with good health and joy.
  3. Thank you St. Clare Intercessors and all for praying for me and for the world.

 

Portiuncula Ministry - for Young Adults 

The amalgamation of the Parish’s young adult groups has given rise to the new Portiuncula Ministry!
Portiuncula is calling out all youths aged between 18 to 35 to join its big family.

Portiuncula will meet regularly every Saturday, 7.30pm

Interested individuals may direct your enquiries to portiuncula@stmary.sg

 

Notice On Catechism Sessions **Parents Please Take Note** 

“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” - CCC 2226

 

The parish team reminds all parents that we are here to help and support you in the beautiful task of forming your children in the faith. The spiritual life and development of your children rests on your daily Christian witness and will go a long way in helping your child engage with the world and progress in his/her faith in the future.

In the midst of school commitments, extra-curricular activities and familial obligation, a young person should grow to focus on God. How else will he or she truly believe in a God who always focuses His love on him or her?

Make Catechesis a priority!

 

SMOTA App 

For news, reflections and latest updates on what’s happening in the parish, download our very own SMOTA App!

Link: http://myapp.churchappbuilder.com/promo/#SMOTA

 

Official Messaging App Channel For Catholics In SG 

Archdiocese Telegram Bulletin Image

Receive urgent, important and authentic information, instantly and directly from the Church:

- Security and safety notices
- Advisory on dubious and fake news
- Info on days of obligation
- Important Church content, etc
Go to www.telegram.catholic.sg for more info and to install the app or search for “CatholicSG” in the TELEGRAM App.

 

Recruitment For Parish Emergency Response Team 

The parish leadership team is currently looking for medical and security professionals to join Parish Emergency Response teams beginning in January 2017.


If you possess medical, security or defence expertise, do kindly email Johnny Keong (keongjohnny@yahoo.com) OR Agatha Cheong (acheong@stmary.sg).

We NEED HELP! 

The following ministries are looking for members who wish to serve God’s people during the weekend. If you have the time and have been moved to consider helping the parish, please feel free to contact our friendly ministry leaders!

 

IT Volunteer

We need someone who is proficient with Microsoft Access to create a database program for Pastoral Work. Please send your contact to Fr Justin (justin@stmary.sg).

 

Volunteer Van Drivers Needed For Church Van

We invite drivers who have experience driving vans to drive our church van for Ministry of Consolation (MOC) wake prayers as well as pastoral visits.
Please register at the Parish Office.

 

Sunday 11am Choir

The Sunday 11am choir is looking for pianists and other vocalists who are willing to share the blessing of their voices and skills with others. We invite you to consider joining the Choir and serve through music each week. Those interested can approach Ethan (or any choir member) after the Sunday 11am Mass.

 

Ministry     Help Needed     Contact Person and Details    

Catechetical Office

 

Catechists

 

Agatha Cheong (acheong@stmary.sg)

 

Coffee Cart    

 

Baristas (Weekends)  

 

Rose Noronha (rosenoronha5@gmail.com

Sun 11am Choir    

Chorister, Musicians

tedeumlaudamus1045@gmail.com

 

Canticle Books + Gifts    

 

Sales

 

Anna Murphy (canticle@stmary.sg)

 

Frontdesk

 

Manning the frontdesk  

 

parish@stmary.sg 

 

Frontdesk

 

Bilingual Volunteers

 

parish@stmary.sg 

 

Flower Arrangement Ministry    Arranging Flowers    SMS to Sylvia at 9784 2233

 

 

News

FRIARS

 

 Fr Clifford pic   friars JustinLim

Fr Clifford Augustine  

Fr Justin Lim  

Parish Priest  Assistant Parish Priest 

clifford@stmary.sg

justin@stmary.sg

 

Fr Esmond Chua OFM  Fr Jason Richard OFM

Fr Esmond Chua

 Fr Jason Richard

Assistant Parish Priest   Assistant Parish Priest  

esmond@stmary.sg

jason@stmary.sg

Youth & Young Adult Adult & Family life

MASS TIMINGS

Weekday

  •   6.55am (with Morning Prayer)
  • 12.15pm
  •   7.00pm (Liturgy of the Hours at 6.30pm)

Saturday

  • 6.55am
  • 4.30pm
  • 6.30pm

Sunday

  •   7.30am (Mandarin)
  •   9.00am
  • 11.00am
  •   1.00pm
  •   5.00pm
  •   7.00pm

3rd Sunday

  • 3.00pm (Indonesian)

4th Saturday

  • 8.00pm (Tamil)

 

More timings >

 

Getting Here

By MRT:

Nearest MRT Station: Bukit Batok

By Bus:

Linkway Entrance:
Buses along Bukit Batok East Ave 6: 61, 66, 157, 174, 178, 852

Main Entrance:
Buses along Bukit Batok East Ave 2: 970, 985

By Car:

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